If cybersecurity is a new concept for the business, first take the necessary steps to follow best practises, as set out by the NIST Cybersecurity framework, as a minimum. Furthermore, to enhance the organisation’s overall security maturity, there are 4 key categories that need to be addressed: cyber strategy and risk, network security, endpoint security, and threat detection and response capabilities.

What is the current level of the cyber strategy and risk?

Small business owners are focussed on running their business with cybersecurity often a secondary concern. To begin with, businesses should seek consultation from industry experts to provide an assessment of the infrastructure to determine areas of concern. This will help the business plan, adapt and grow to stay competitive. It also will provide insight into how the business’ security measures stack up to the needs of the business currently and for the future.

An assessment by an external consultant can also examine whether the business is meeting compliance and regulatory requirements, which can be weaved into the security strategy. This guidance not only helps to improve the overall security posture, but also saves costs in the long run.

The Essential Guide to Cybersecurity for SMBs